How Tech Is transforming the Health Sector

Constant evolution

The history of medicine, just as any other field of knowledge, is marked by a tendency to evolve and develop in time. This growth isn't linear or constant. Sometimes human knowledge decreases instead of increasing, often threatened or destroyed by war, cultural conquering and even the fall of an entire civilization. However, we can say without any doubt that right now we are at a historic time when medical knowledge moves forward at high speed, with new discoveries taking place every day in laboratories around the world.

The development of medical science has been accelerated by technological advancements in other sectors, especially communication and computer aided data analysis. With communication technology like teleconferences and massive data transmission through satellite networks, researchers can work together from different countries in real time and share their discoveries in a matter of seconds. The whole planet has become a research community where knowledge is exchanged and mutually potenciated.

Groundbreaking discoveries are changing the face of medicine, incorporating new tenchnologies and advancements from other sectors to enhance and reinvent therapies, medication and all sorts of medical interventions. An increasing comprehension on the neurobiological and psychological factors in health and illness also allows to develop small, medium and large scale health policies now focusing on prevention and education. Patient handling handbooks are being rewritten in order to use this new knowlege to improve recovery prospects for patients all around the world.

Medical technology and health policies

Ever since medicine in the Western world was depurated from all religious and non rigurous aspects and became a field of strict science, it has benefited from technological advancements from varied areas such as informatics, robotics and chemistry.

Now all respectable medical practices need a solid scientifical background. One of the newest innovations, which might very well change the face of medicine in the near future, is the development of telemedicine. The social implications of this new area are large and significative, especially when the access to healthcare is considered a basic human right. Telemedicine allows doctors to get in contact with patients with time and distance no longer being factors of importance. Robotics and telecommunications allow doctors to interact with patients who are far away and even operate or conduct procedures on them, potentially saving lives. Time is a crucial factor in many pathologies, including most deadly or dangerous conditions. The benefits of telemedicine are evident and might help decrease the number of deaths and complications from health issues in the near future.

Medical advancements like this have the potential to change how medicine works, and as a result the proper measures from public bodies are needed. Changes in laws and regulations are mandatory so the legal structure of a country can adapt to these new possibilities, instead of restraining them or leaving them unregulated, both very dangerous to public health.

Telemedicine and prevention: the case of teledermatology

Among all basic medicine fields, dermatology might be one of the most underrated, at least for health purposes. Skin affections are often considered mere aesthetic issues, so they are usually overlooked, especially in men. However, serious conditions like aggressive eccemas or skin cancer can be very costly to a patient's health, and even take their lives away. For that reason, it is important to keep an eye on our skin and take the proper precautions in order to protect it from damage and illness.

The latest advancements in biology and chemistry show how several factos can affect possitively or negatively our skin health. In example, we know more now about the effects of different UV rays in skin aging or how skin is affected by smoking than 30 years ago. If there is one thing all researchers agree about, is that prevention is fundamental for early detection and treatment of conditions that could otherwise be deadly. The development of new medications like Mycophenolate mofetil in dermatology could stop many of these conditions from developing, but that's not enough.

Telemedicine has opened a new field for early detection and treatment of skin conditions, and private websites like Skin Cancer Facts offer this service to the public. By providing easy and accurate diagnosis from the comfort of your home, these private clinics help reduce the incidence of preventable deadly conditions of the skin, including the dreaded melanoma, the most aggressive and dangerous type of skin cancer.

Hopefully, telemedicine will keep developing, encompassing more and more fields and covering a wider range of conditions. This way, more people in challenged or faraway areas will have access to proper healthcare. The right policies and government measures will allow this project to become a reality.

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